Fox News legal commentator Andrew Napolitano said CNN has a “very good case” in its lawsuit against the White House over the Trump administration’s decision to revoke reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials.
Speaking with Fox Business host Stuart Varney, Napolitano predicted that CNN’s legal team would prevail against the Trump administration “quickly.”
“The only grounds for revoking the pass are, ‘Is the person a danger to the physical security of the president or his family?’ And obviously, Acosta may have been an irritant to the president but he was hardly a danger to him,” Napolitano said.
“So, I think CNN has got a very good case,” he added. “I think this will be resolved quickly. I don’t expect a jury trial. I think it will either be settled or CNN will prevail on the motion.”
“Remember Jefferson: ‘I would rather have newspapers without government than a government without newspapers.’ A bit hyperbolic but you can understand the value of the free press to the Founders,” Napolitano reminded viewers about former President Jefferson’s adage arguing for newspapers and press freedom.
Napolitano’s remarks came hours after CNN announced it would demand in court that Acosta’s press credentials be reinstated.
“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN’s representatives said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”
Acosta’s press credentials were revoked last week after the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Acosta assaulted an intern when she attempted to rip a microphone from his hands during a fiery news conference.
Sanders later shared a video of the interaction that video experts say was sped up to make it look like Acosta struck the aide.